Incapacitated mightn’t have the middle distance credentials of many of his rivals – yet – but NSW trainer Justin King is adamant he can make his presence felt in Saturday night’s Group 1 Rookie Rebel (600m) at The Meadows.
“I can’t wait,” said King.
“The dog is spot on and I’m not going down there with a 30/1 chance that needs a lot of luck.”
Incapacitated, $10 in TAB’s Rookie Rebel market, is stepping up in trip after matching motors with the best sprinters in his home state recently.
He won the Group 3 Christmas Shootout, handing King his first Group victory in a quarter of a century, and finished runner-up to boom sprinter Wow in the Group 2 Gosford Cup and fifth in the Group 1 Paws Of Thunder.
However the son of US sire SH Avatar is a middle distance novice, with a lone 618m victory at Richmond to show from four assignments.
Boasting an impressive 16 from 38 overall strike rate, Incapacitated was invited to nominate for both the Temlee over 525m and Rookie Rebel and King had no hesitation in targeting the latter.
“He won his first ‘600’ at Richmond and then we had all intentions of going up to Brisbane for the (Group 2) Golden Sands but the borders shut,” King explained.
“So I freshened him up and went back over the ‘500’.
“He won the Shootout, where the two-out format suited him down to the ground, he ran second to Wow in the Gosford Cup, then won a heat of the Paws Of Thunder in 29.46s but wasn’t good enough in the final.”
King isn’t concerned that Incapacitated comes into the Rookie Rebel off a less than auspicious last start third in a 630m event at Nowra, where he was beaten by another Rookie Rebel contender in Ava Wine.